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High Risk Patient Screening

There are factors that may place you at increased risk for breast cancer, including a family history of the disease, previous chest radiation treatment for cancer, or have dense breasts.

Breast Density

Your breast are made up of a mixture of fibrous and glandular and fatty tissue. If you have a lot of fibrous or glandular tissue but not much fat, then your breasts are considered dense. Having dense breast tissue may increase your risk of getting breast cancer. Dense breasts also make it more difficulty for radiologists to spot cancer on mammograms. Studies have shown that ultrasound, MRI, and tomosynthesis can help find breast cancers that can not be seen on a 2D digital mammogram.

Know Your Risk

Breast cancer risk assessment identifies the small percentage of women who are at risk for breast cancer. We use the Tyrer-Cuzick statistical model for all women referred to our breast imaging centers. This model estimates the percentage chance that a patient will develop breast cancer in her lifetime using age, weight and height, personal risk factors, family history, family history of cancer, family risk factors and hormone replacement therapy. A high risk number does not mean a woman would certainly get breast cancer, but they should be offered more intensive high risk screening, including ultrasound, MRI, and/or tomosynthesis.

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  • Caroline M. Cranford, MD, MBA

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  • Christophe P. Frouge, MD, PhD

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Caroline M. Cranford, MD, MBA

Board Certified:
American Board of Radiology

Fellowship:
Womens Imaging, Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, AZ

Residency:
Diagnostic Radiology, The University of Chicago Medical Center, Chicago, IL

Medical School:
Northwestern University, The Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL

Certificate of Added Qualifications/ Maintenance of Certification:
Diagnostic Radiology

Christophe P. Frouge, MD, PhD

Board Certified:
American Board of Radiology

Fellowship:
Interventional Radiology. Ancien Chef de Clinique de Hopitaux de Paris. Breast Imaging. Institut Gustave Roussy. Villejuif, France

Residency:
Ancien Interne de Hopitaux de Paris

Medical School:
Faculte de Medecine Paris Ouest

Certificate of Added Qualifications/ Maintenance of Certification:
Diagnostic Radiology

Threasa H. Frouge, MD

Board Certified:
American Board of Radiology

Fellowship:
Nuclear Medicine, Abdominal Imaging and Interventional Radiology, Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, St. Louis, MO

Residency:
Diagnostic Radiology, Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, St. Louis, MO

Medical School:
Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC

Certificate of Added Qualifications/ Maintenance of Certification:
Diagnostic Radiology, Vascular and Interventional Radiology, Neuroradiology, Nuclear Radiology

Sri Preethi Gunnala, MD

Board Certified:
American Board of Radiology

Fellowship:
Neuroradiology, Northwestern Medical Group, Chicago, IL

Residency:
Diagnostic Radiology, Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Chicago, IL

Medical School:
Saint Louis University School of Medicine, Saint Louis, MO

Certificate of Added Qualifications/ Maintenance of Certification:
Diagnostic Radiology

Lawrence E. Kowal, MD

Board Certified:
American Board of Radiology

Fellowship:
Interventional Radiology, Angiography, CT and Ultrasound, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL

Residency:
Diagnostic Radiology, Hahnemann Medical College & Hospital, Philadelphia, PA

Medical School:
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Certificate of Added Qualifications/ Maintenance of Certification:
Diagnostic Radiology

Eric J. Rodriguez, MD

Board Certified:
American Board of Radiology

Residency:
Diagnostic Radiology, St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, Phoenix, AZ

Medical School:
University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, KS

Certificate of Added Qualifications/ Maintenance of Certification:
Diagnostic Radiology

Denise J. Smith, MD

Board Certified:
American Board of Radiology

Fellowship:
Sectional Imaging and Interventional Radiology, University of California San Diego School of Medicine, San Diego, CA

Residency:
Diagnostic Radiology, Loma Linda University Radiology Medical Group, Inc., Loma Linda, CA

Medical School:
Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Loma Linda, CA

Certificate of Added Qualifications/ Maintenance of Certification:
Diagnostic Radiology

Herbert J. Tomaso, MD

Board Certified:
American Board of Radiology

Fellowship:
Research Fellow - Functional MRI, University of Minnesota Hospital, Minneapolis, MN

Residency:
Diagnostic Radiology, University of Minnesota Hospital, Minneapolis, MN

Medical School:
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA

Certificate of Added Qualifications/ Maintenance of Certification:
Diagnostic Radiology